Sports Briefs for Sept. 4

Fall lacrosse for 7/8 boys

Beginning Sept. 5 and running Thursdays through October, Hood River Lacrosse Club coaches encourage all 7th and 8th grade boys to attend off-season lacrosse pick-up games at Westside Elementary School. The games will start at 5 p.m. and are intended to give kids as much playing time as possible. Participants should bring standard protective gear, including mouth guards, and a donation of $20 toward HRLC is suggested. Youth 7/8 rules apply (long poles allowed, no take-out checks, no one-handed checks, etc.). For more information contact Cory Roeseler at or 541-490-7649.

Bowling leagues have openings

The 2013-14 bowling season at Orchard Lanes is just getting started, and it’s not too late to join one of the many leagues available, either as an individual on an existing team or as a new team. Many of the leagues start in the next week or two, so anyone interested should inquire as soon as possible. For information or to sign up, stop by Orchard Lanes or call 541-386-1326.

League details are as follows:

n Mondays: Industrial League, 7:30 p.m., five-person teams (men)

n Tuesdays: Workshirkers, 10 a.m., four-person teams (women)

n Tuesdays: Mixed, 7:30 p.m., four-person teams (mixed)

n Wednesdays: Seniors, 1:30 p.m., four-person teams (mixed)

n Wednesdays: Fraternal, 7:30 p.m., three-person teams (mixed)

n Thursdays: County, 5:30 p.m., three-person teams (mixed)

n Fridays: Juniors, 4 p.m., two-person teams

Fall tennis program christens new courts

Three-week fall tennis programs for middle school and high school players will run from Sept. 9-27 on the soon-to-be-complete remodeled city tennis courts. The program, designed for kids entering grades 7-12, will include drill and practice Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and match play Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $115 and coaches will be HRVHS coaches Leslie Kerr and Justine Zeigler and assistants. Sign up at Contact Kerr at 541-399-2519 for more information.

Pass Punt and Kick fundraiser Sept. 7

As a fundraiser to help offset equipment costs for Hood River youth football programs, an evening of friendly competition, followed by a barbecue and football movie fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 7 at the Hood River Valley High School football field. The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contests will run from 4-6 p.m. and will be divided into five age groups for kids ages 6-16.

The contest is free, with the fundraising effort afterward, in the form of a barbecue and movie viewing at the same location from 6 p.m. to about 9:30 p.m. No gear is required to participate, and cleats are not allowed. Pre-registration is not required, just show up at the HRVHS field Sept. 7 before 4 p.m. For more information, contact Hood River Community Education Director John Rust at

HRVHS Hall of Fame golf tourney Sept. 21

Set your calendars for the seventh-annual Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame fundraiser golf tournament on Sept. 21 at Indian Creek Golf Course. The four-person scramble starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $300 per team of four (or $90 per player), which acts as a fundraiser for the HRVHS athletic department and includes greens fees, cart, lunch and a goodie bag. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, top three teams, last team and hole-in-one.

Pick up registration forms at Indian Creek Golf Course, HRVHS athletic office or by calling 541-386-2318.

Gorge Kids Tri Sept. 22

The Gorge Kids Triathlon returns to the Hood River Waterfront Park on Sunday, Sept. 22. The event is a fun and safe entry-level triathlon open to all elementary-aged kids. Three separate start waves accommodate kids in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5, and are designed to allow kids of varied skill levels to participate. The swim portion is inside the designated swim park; non-swimmers may walk/run through shallow water along the shore. The Hood River Fire Department will provide safety personnel along the swim beach. The bike and run courses are within the park area, which will be closed to traffic.

The entry fee is $20 prior to Sept. 20 and $30 on the day of the event. All participants receive a T-shirt and swag bag and proceeds from the event go to Hood River County elementary schools to enhance physical education programs and promote health and fitness.

Day-of registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and participants should be ready for the opening ceremony and pre-race instructions at 9:45 a.m. by the swim beach. Age group waves will start from there.

Registration for the Gorge Kids Triathlon can be done online at For more information, see the Gorge Kids Triathlon Facebook page or call 541-490-6844.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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